Shakespeare Du Jour

Shakespeare Du Jour

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Like flies to wanton boys are we to the Gods; they but kill us for their sport.

- King Lear, Act III, Scene 1 -

These words are spoken by Gloucester who has been betrayed by his bastard son, Edmund, and had his eyes gouged out by Regan’s husband, Cornwall. He is, quite understandably, in the throes of a deep depression.

Gloucester was once a respected member of King Lear’s Court – proud, commanding and right royal. He, like Lear, suddenly and without warning, is stripped of all of his titles and worldly trappings and reduced, as Lear says, to “the thing itself.”

When Gloucester was in the Gods’ favor he could never have uttered these words, but now that he has been made to “feel what wretches feel” he is capable, for the first time in his life, of empathizing with the less fortunate.

Like Lear, Gloucester loses everything and in the process gains his humanity.

About Peter Pappas

Peter is a tax attorney and certified public acccountant with over 20 years experience helping taxpayers resolve their IRS and state tax problems.

He has represented thousands of taxpayers who have been experiencing difficulty dealing with the Internal Revenue Service or State tax officials.

He is a member of the American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants, the Florida Bar Association and The Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court, the United States Supreme Court, U.S. District Courts - Middle District of Florida

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